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Italian Philology
Department of Modern Languages

P.O. Box 24 (Unioninkatu 40)
00014 University of Helsinki

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Research in Italian philology

The range of research topics is wide: if you are interested in modern Italian, disciplines such as sociolinguistics and the study of media language offer diverse opportunities for research. In literature, you will have the opportunity to focus on the study of books by contemporary writers. The discipline also has a strong tradition in the study of the language and literature of earlier centuries.

Research on philology as well as purely linguistic research are carried out in Italian philology. The former includes numerous text editions that have been published by Romance-language scholars in Helsinki since the end of the 19th century. The latter includes various contrastive (Finnish-Italian) studies as well as studies on historical syntax. Lately, dissertations have also been written in the fields of discourse analysis, traductology, and the syntax of contemporary language.

In the research assessment carried out in 2005, where all the units of the University of Helsinki were evaluated, the former Department of Romance languages got the second highest grade, 6, on a scale from 1 to 7. More information on the assessments of 1999, 2005 and 2010-2012 here

In 2000, a joint project was launched concerning the rather varied contemporary forms of address in several Romance languages. The project has received funding from the University’s research funds for the period 2005–2007. This primarily sociolinguistic project is based on field research, interviews and the analysis of written and oral material; also pro gradu theses are currently being made in this area.